The wrapping of the towel around my head was also crucial to Rosie Red’s identity. It was not wrapped into a cone-shaped pile like my mother and older sister fixed after they washed their hair. I draped the towel over my head, much like a boy performing the role of Shepherd Number One in his church’s Christmas nativity play. I would then crease a small fold above my eyebrows that would help frame my face and give an appearance of bangs and texture. The cascade of the towel would create enough length and body to allow me to perform both a patented Cher head and neck flip, and to tuck my terrycloth hair behind my ear with my hand, when either move was needed for emphasis in a song performance.
Sadly, for whatever reasons, Rosie Red slowly faded over the years until she no longer performed in the Stewart home. She drifted to that place where other childhood activities retire, along with my bicycle, Star Wars action figures, countless colorful plastic pegs from a Lite-Brite, and a few stray Legos.
When I began thinking about what I wanted to write this month, I thought of Rosie, and how much I miss her. She would be so happy see the success of the La La Land movie. She would love all the Broadway musicals she has missed since she faded away. She would be particularly fond of Mamma Mia and Wicked.
I then began thinking of how great it would be if Rosie could just exist in my current day-to-day life. Life would be so much more bearable if you could break out into song whenever you wanted or needed. Imagine how less mundane a trip to the grocery store would be if you could blurt out in the produce isle (to the tune of Memory from Cats):
All that leafy green goodness!
Will I pay for the spring mix
or just stick with romaine?
Say you are in a rush to get somewhere and traffic is terrible and you hit every red light along the way. Every. Single. One. Wouldn’t it be great to belt out (to the tune of "Tomorrow" from Annie):
The red light!
find red lights!
drive up on green!
Who hasn’t had to sit through endless, mind-numbing meetings at work or on committees? How I wish I could just stand up in the middle of one and sing (to the tune of "Seasons of Love"from Rent):
522 bazillion 400 minutes,
522 bazillion minutes in meetings.
522 bazillion 400 minutes,
how many ways do we have to say the same thing?
Who knows, maybe I will find myself a new towel and see if I still have the same hair wrapping skills as my childhood self. I am planning on finally seeing Hamilton this summer, maybe Rosie Red will make a guest appearance.
Until then, I will be at some coffee shop furiously typing on my laptop while singing (to the tune of "Tonight"from West Side Story):
My piece is due tonight
I wish I had done some prep before.
is the author of Bernadette Peters Hates Me – True Tales of a Delusional Man. A native of Appalachia, he splits his time between his hometown of Hyden and nearby Lexington, Kentucky. His blog is www.astrongmanscupoftea.com. You can find him on Twitter at @Shiglyogly and Facebook at @AMSCOT (A Strong Man’s Cup of Tea). He is a regular contributor to HumorOutcasts.com and the GoodMenProject.com. He lives with his husband, Andy, and their two dogs, Duke and Dudley.